Watch our June 19, 2022 Worship service. It includes prayers, singing, announcements, special music, and a sermon by Tom Cantor from Joel 3.
Tom Cantor taught the last chapter of Joel this Sunday. First he read Joel chapter 3. Tom noted in 3:2 His “plead for my people” reveals the heart of God. He connected this to Jesus‘s mission to bring Jacob back to him (Isaiah 49:5). Jesus was sent to “bring him back, bring him back home.” Tom connected this to a song from Les Miserables. He said the tone of this song revealed God‘s heart for Israel.
Tom noted that the name Joel means Jehovah is God, and at the second coming Israel will acknowledge “Jehovah is my God” (Zechariah 13:9). He also referred to Zechariah 12:3 and 2:8 to indicate the importance of Israel to the Lord.
Next, he likened the Lord’s judgment to a murder case that took place near one of his facilities in Ethiopia. He used this as a sort of parable. I thought this was especially powerful and insightful.
Tom also connected Joel 3:9 to Exodus 3:13, Exodus 15:3, Psalm 2:2-3, Psalm 24:7-8, and Revelation 19:11-15.
Tom worked his way through the chapter showing the Lord‘s love for Israel, his judgment on the nations, and how he would restore Israel at the second coming. He connected Joel to many related passages. He also related this to Jewish evangelism and evangelism in general presenting the gospel and God’s call to all sinners (John 1:29).